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JavaScript Step by Step by Steve Suehring

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Chapter 1. JavaScript is more than you might think

After completing this chapter, you will be able to

  • Understand the history of JavaScript.

  • Recognize the parts of a JavaScript program.

  • Use the javascript pseudo-protocol.

  • Understand where JavaScript fits within a webpage.

  • Understand what JavaScript can and cannot do.

  • Understand how JavaScript is used in Windows 8.

A brief history of JavaScript

JavaScript isn’t Java. There! With that clarification out of the way, you can move on to bigger, more important learning, like how to make cool sliders. In all seriousness, JavaScript is one implementation of a specification known as ECMAScript. You’ll learn more about ECMAScript later in this chapter.

Where did JavaScript come from? You might not know the rich and ...

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